The irony in the following post is that I just rewatched James Cameron’s Titanic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, this weekend.
According to GeekWire, the world’s most famous shipwreck, the RMS Titanic, is steadily deteriorating at the bottom of the North Atlantic Ocean. Stockton Rush, the CEO and founder of OceanGate Inc.—an ocean exploration venture that provides submersible services for researchers and explorers—gave this update after his second yearly series of dives to the ship.
“We’ll have some better data next year, but it definitely is in worse condition this year than it was last.”
“It’s going through its natural consumption by the ocean.”
OceanGate’s Titan, a 5-person submersible, is expected to be used for additional research on the Titanic. It was built to withstand the pressures of the North Atlantic as far as 4,000 meters (12,600 feet) beneath its surface.
Marine archaeologists predict the end of the Titanic saga; the first voyage in 1912 and the ship’s rediscovery in 1985. It’s been documented that the ship is turning into a “rusty ruin.”
OceanGate’s team members have brought 21 mission specialists on their Titanic expeditions. And Rush, along with his teammates, are planning a 2023 trip.
“We’re looking to do the mission a little earlier — we’ll start in mid-May and be done by the end of June.”
“And we’re going to have a different ship, so there’s a lot of work we have to do to qualify that ship and get it ready.”
Until Next Time…
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Boyle, A. (2022, August 21). OceanGate’s explorers update their view of a tattered Titanic and the life around it. GeekWire. Retrieved August 21, 2022, from https://www.geekwire.com/2022/oceangates-explorers-update-their-view-of-a-tattered-titanic-and-the-life-around-it/